Housekeeping Study Days

Early this year I went on the Housekeeping Study Days, which this time were housed in the Edwardian party house Polesden Lacey, in Surrey. The HKSD are the National Trust Preventive Conservation training. It’s four days of talks and demonstrations of every area of housekeeping you could think of, and a few you probably wouldn’t!…

An introduction to working with costume collections

On a bleak January Monday Vicki, Sue and Harriet, well wrapped up against the cold, ventured down to Blaise Castle House Museum in Bristol to learn about working with costume collections. Blaise Castle, a folly dating from the eighteenth century, could just be made out above the line of bare winter trees but we resisted…